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Australia funds emergency medical helicopters

November 5, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr yesterday, November 4, announced the Australian Government will provide funding for CareFlight NSW to provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Services training to Malaysian medical and military personnel.

Senator Carr said around 150 participants will attend the training including doctors from all Malaysian states, the Malaysian military, a group of physicians from Singapore and a number of UN medical staff.

“Malaysia has approximately 7,000 road casualties a year.

“Many of these deaths are due to delays in ambulances reaching serious accidents and providing emergency medical treatment.

“Australia will fund specialised training in medical and rescue equipment and helicopter emergency medical services operations.

“Training will be held at the Royal Malaysian Police Air Wing Unit Training Base, Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh and run for four days from November 22 to November 25, 2012.

“The project is funded by grant through the Australia-Malaysia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“Australia is strongly engaged with Malaysia in working together to save lives”, Senator Carr said.

  1. rubbomike permalink
    November 5, 2012 8:34 am

    I’m still waiting for some wisdom, some reassurance, Bob, that we wont be sucked into the looming conflict with Iran. GB has been wise enough recently to say openly that it wouldn’t supply airports for bombing raids. That sort of sensible negativity can be a discouragement for the hawks, the same zealots who dragged us into Iraq.

  2. Allan Williams permalink
    November 5, 2012 8:50 am

    So is Australia providing helicopters as the title says, or just training as the article says ?.

  3. November 20, 2012 4:44 pm

    It’s important to follow a proactive approach when it comes to medical services. Australian government has taken a step in the right direction.

  4. November 20, 2012 7:18 pm

    This is a step in the right direction. It’s important to take more such proactive measures to ensure that medical staff remains prepared to face any eventuality.

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